CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 4)


In the summer and fall of 1940, the German air force launched raids on the United Kingdom in an effort to demoralize Britain into surrender. The CBC’s Art Holmes, was convinced that it was historically important to record the sounds of the Blitz. He had a four-wheel drive army truck that he nicknamed ‘Betsy’-specially fitted with three battery operated recording turntables. At great personal hazard he would seek the wailing air raid sirens, the droning enemy airplanes, the ack-ack of anti aircraft fire, whistling bombs and fiery explosions.

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